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Forum topic by slopjock78 posted 07-30-2012 06:21 PM 933 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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slopjock78

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07-30-2012 06:21 PM

So i’m thinking ahead to christmas time, and I’m thinking about getting my dad a new fence system for his old craftsman contractor saw. He has had this saw from before i can remember (i will soon be 34…) and i can remember being in the shop with him when i was very young. The saw is still in fine shape, but it still has the original fence on it, which left a lot to be desired when it was new. He was over looking at my new (to me) ridgid 3650 and commented on how terrible his fence is….

so, what are some recommendations? I would say budget is around $250. that is just a random number, so throw out any ideas that fall somewhere in that ballpark.

thank for the help!


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toolie

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 07:43 PM

delta t-2 from here:

http://www.tools-plus.com/delta-36-t30.html

absolutely the best (non craigs list, new product) bang for the buck in after market TS fences. i have 2 other fence systems from ridgid (including the one from the 3650) that i also like, but the t-2 s a great fence for the price. and i even have mine on one of those 30YO emerson electric built 10” CI c-man TSs like the one your dad probably has. probably 6” more rip capacity than he has now (30”vs. 24”) and dead on accurate. there are even instructions online from users who have made the same modification you’re contempating. you could spend more for incras, vegas and biesmeyers, but why spend more money and not gain any functional advantage (except where the incra is concerned, but it’s more costly). do it. he’ll thank you.

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 08:24 PM

+1 on the T2. The vega pro is another great fence, though I’m not sure what it goes for, and the shop fox classic is another bies clone that comes in at ~$250 I think.

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 08:24 PM

You can’t go wrong with the delta T2, and a lot of people put them on the old craftsman saws. You can also look into the Vega fences and the shop fox classic from Grizzly

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 08:55 PM

i really like my delta t2. it was like getting a new table saw. seriously.

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bondogaposis

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 10:02 PM

I put a Delta T2 on my old Craftsman and it has made a world of difference. The best bang for the buck too.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 07-31-2012 10:58 AM

thanks for great advice guys! i looked this fence up and it has 5 stars everywhere. nothing but fantastic comments on this fence. I think i’ve already found the winner!

also, I looked at my dads saw last night and it is in fact a model 113. it appears that these saws just dont die…...

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